Karachi Wishlist 4

1. Baskin Robbins
2. Hallmark
3. Barista [an Indian coffeeshop chain]
4. Hardees

Surprisingly, I can’t think of anything else now…

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13 Comments so far

  1. An observer (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 11:07 pm

    Here’s a very BORING list, I wish to submit:

    1) I’d like water safe enough to drink out of a tap.
    2) Power realiable enough that I don’t spend sleepless nights or have to buy my own power station.
    3) Sane traffic, respectful drivers.
    4) Crime so low that my family doesn’t need 24/7 security and be prisioners in their own house.
    5) Good schools and plenty of them, and for all.
    6) Libraries and book shops, and tons of them. A good library at the Gymkhana is fine, but when was the last time you took your driver or maid there, I ask? In fact, do you even know what level of education your domestic help has?
    7) More parks and community centers and fewer, far fewer, mosques.
    8) World-class universities, theatre and music.
    9) Responsible media.
    10) Responsible and caring citizens.
    11) Great food – and of all kinds.

    What I wish for is not the future; it is our PAST. I hope you realize that there is more to a city than Wall Marts, vending machines and movies.

    Check out the link below and you’ll get a sense of how Karachi stacks up.

  2. Salman (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 11:17 pm

    I cant agree with you more

  3. som (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 11:37 pm

    Finally, a real wish list!

    The only modification i’d make is rather than cutting back on mosques, they should be run by proper, educated scholars so that the mosques can serve as healthy community centers.

  4. Tee Emm (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 12:09 am

    I know the lot is going to laugh at this but how about some decent public toilets?

  5. Fixuis (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 12:14 am

    i agree with the above posts and i also agree that change starts from within..be the change you want to see in the world..gonna keep this light hearted and hopefully just low enough under the radar to be politically incorrect yet not mundane..

    1. burger king
    2. krispy kreme
    3. dennys
    4. gatorade widely available in plastic bottle and in the bigger sizes.

  6. MOoN (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 12:44 am

    Saba-> Hardees Rocks… !!

    And I want to say, that other wishes that were posted in the comments, I agree with all of them… but they shouldn’t be just WISHES.. we all should work for them.. to make Karachi better..

    Moreover.. instead of wishing for American or European Food chains and stuff in our citites, we should value, Standardize and make our OWN local food chains better and good enough for others to wish that they had “Lahori Khabay” or “Bundoo Khan ” in their cities.

    Peace. :)

  7. Shiraz (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 7:02 am

    I have all these things that you guys mentioned above, including the walmart’s, and vending machines, clean toilets, and the rest, but why isnt it still enough. I have it all, but I still miss home “karachi” thats home. There is no place or things like home even after you have had it all. We will never be satisfied no matter how much we get. What you guys have is yourself’s friends your country and to say and do what you feel. Some are not so fortunate…

  8. Imtiaz (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 7:29 am

    i love that list…
    hardees is absolutely great!
    nothing beats their roast beef burger!!!

    but one more thing……
    if karcachi werent as messy and mad as it is…..would it still be …karachi?

  9. Observer (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 9:55 am

    Yes, decent toilets is a great idea. I once lived in a city where it is a CRIME not to flush – and I thing sometimes a threat isn’t such a bad idea. Toilets for woman are even more important, I may add.

    I also agree that mosques, if run properly, can be great centers of learning, of education and spiritual growth. Not the sorts we have in Pakistan. There, the mosques, I am sorry to say, have become an industry to promote hate and divisions and not to bring people together. And don’t forget, a mosque is the first thing build when someone wants to grab land. Even in Saudi Arabia, the home of our great faith, can one just build a mosque without permission.

    On food: Yes, some vegan is good a good idea – but come on guys, we are Pakistanis and we love our meat – heck that’s why we split India so we can eat beef in peace (this is a joke, for those without a funny bone!). Starbucks and all the rest wil wear out on you sooner than later, trust me. Some of you may not know, but when Pizza Hut first opened in Karachi years ago, there was a mile-long queue to get in – for a friggin soggy naan with meat on it!

    Given that I live overseas and enjoy all kinds of food, what do I miss from Karachi:

    Bundoo Khan, yes, the original one near the Quaid’s mazar.
    Bihari kabab followed by icecream at Havmore off that roundabout after Tariq Road.
    Students Biryani – the original hole-in-the-wall shop.
    Lassi at Punjab Lassi house, behind DJ Science College.
    Karahai gost made in pure butter at Burns Road.
    Milk tea with oily parhatas at the old Sabzi mandi at 5 in the morning.
    And the last one: BBQ Tonight – the best local food you can get in Karachi. Even foreign friends who I have sent there rave about its quality.


  10. TEE BEE (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 10:56 pm

    Taco Bell
    Taco Bell
    Taco Bell

  11. Kiran (unregistered) on October 30th, 2005 @ 1:29 am

    oooh ooohhh.. oohh!!! i want baskin robins too!!! and and hardee’s.. yumm!!!! yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! i WANT! NOW!


  12. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    one word: CINNABON!

  13. Tanveer Zaidi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 2:55 pm

    Chillies & Cactus Cabana,

    Man I love tex mex.

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